UQ: no plans for full fee in MD proposal

THE University of Queensland has ruled out any plans to introduce full fee-paying places for domestic students under proposals to replace its existing four-year MBBS degree with a doctor of medicine (MD) program.

The university announced last week that it would seriously consider such a move, following in the footsteps of the University of Melbourne, which is already offering an MD, with other Australian universities also considering the switch.

Dean and head of the UQ School of Medicine Professor David Wilkinson said the proposal was an opportunity for the university to plan ahead and ensure its medical degree remained competitive and recognised worldwide.

“The fact is that the international standard or ‘brand’ is an MD – in North America it is MD, in continental Europe it is MD, so there is a branding or naming perception issue,” Professor Wilkinson told MO.

“[But] then, at a curriculum